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    Cool Pregnancy and Craving Some Foods!

    I think this is rather a cultural question than a linguistic one.

    In the Arab world, pregnant women have a craving for certain type of foods (usually out of season food ). This usually happens in the first few month of the pregnancy.
    I'm not sure weather it really has something to do with pregnanc, or it's type of emotional black mailing.

    My questions are:
    1- Do you have this in the West?
    2- Does it have a special name?

    Thanks :)


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    Re: Pregnancy and Craving Some Foods!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ducklet Cat View Post
    I think this is rather a cultural question than a linguistic one.

    In the Arab world, pregnant women have a craving for certain type of foods (usually out of season food ). This usually happens in the first few month of the pregnancy.
    I'm not sure weather it really has something to do with pregnanc, or it's type of emotional black mailing.

    My questions are:
    1- Do you have this in the West?
    2- Does it have a special name?

    Thanks :)
    It is quite normal to have cravings in pregnancy. It is usually a sign that the developing foetus is absorbing minerals and other nutrients from the mother's body, and that she needs extra to replace them. If a woman develops cravings, it is worth considering what she may be low in - such as iron, potassium, calcium and so on. Her doctor needs to make sure she is getting a properly balanced diet. There is no special term that I know for this.

    For more information see: Food cravings and what they mean

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    Re: Pregnancy and Craving Some Foods!

    Thanks Anglika.
    I was looking for a verb to denote the meaning.
    If anyone have suggestions rather than craving, please let me know.

    Thanks.


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    Re: Pregnancy and Craving Some Foods!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ducklet Cat View Post
    Thanks Anglika.
    I was looking for a verb to denote the meaning.
    If anyone have suggestions rather than craving, please let me know.

    Thanks.
    looking at the thesaurus, there is no verb apart from "crave" to express this particular state.

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    Re: Pregnancy and Craving Some Foods!

    As far as I know, they're just called "cravings" or "strange cravings" (like pickles and ice cream). Remember when Lucy was expecting Little Ricky on I Love Lucy she craved (and ate) a mango-flavored milkshake covered with hot fudge and sardines.

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    Re: Pregnancy and Craving Some Foods!

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    As far as I know, they're just called "cravings" or "strange cravings" (like pickles and ice cream). Remember when Lucy was expecting Little Ricky on I Love Lucy she craved (and ate) a mango-flavored milkshake covered with hot fudge and sardines.
    WOW :)


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    Junior will get his revenge one day...

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    Re: Pregnancy and Craving Some Foods!

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    It is quite normal to have cravings in pregnancy. It is usually a sign that the developing foetus is absorbing minerals and other nutrients from the mother's body, and that she needs extra to replace them. If a woman develops cravings, it is worth considering what she may be low in - such as iron, potassium, calcium and so on. Her doctor needs to make sure she is getting a properly balanced diet. There is no special term that I know for this.

    For more information see: Food cravings and what they mean
    I think there is one (probably starting 'gynæ-' or 'hystero-' - I'll check). The craving for particular minerals may be very marked; pregnant women have been known to gnaw coal.

    b

    PS - I was hoping to find something at that link, but couldn't stand the popups (which I've turned off in Firefox, but STILL THEY COME). I thought of inventing a child for myself, but didn't want to be mistaken for the sort of sicko that does that sort of thing!) So it'll have to be the old steam method (books).
    Last edited by BobK; 21-Apr-2007 at 13:02. Reason: Added PS


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    Re: Pregnancy and Craving Some Foods!

    Sorry about the link, Bob!

    I've done a bit more homework and came up with this:

    Doctors use the term "pica" to describe craving and chewing substances that have no nutritional value — such as ice, clay, cornstarch and paper. Usually used in relation to children, and the habit has to be persistent for over a month before the term is applied. I can't trace its origins, and the only use I know for "pica" is typographical.

    It doesn't seem to relate to pregnancy, and I can't trace anything else in the medical sites. It will be interesting if you find something

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